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Dear Members and Friends,
On April 22, the world celebrated Earth Day. Every year, Earth Day reminds us that it is possible to live in harmony and in partnership with Mother Earth, and it is our responsibility to act to ensure the earth remains healthy for future generations. If our planet is healthy, it stands to reason that the earth’s inhabitants will be healthy, too.
When Dr. Price traversed the globe studying indigenous communities in the early 20th century, he encountered peoples exhibiting robust physical health. He attributed this to their diet and nutrition practices, which were reliant upon centuries-old land management and reverence for nature. These and other native peoples learned over thousands of years to take care of the land and the animals that sustained them.
While it may seem that we have lost our connection with Mother Earth, there are many initiatives happening to reconnect humankind to the land that nourishes us. We are all citizens of this magnificent planet, and we share the responsibility to act as if every day is Earth Day.
In this issue of our journal, you’ll meet Dana Geffner, a leader in the fair trade movement and co-founder of Fair World Project. Fair trade principles ensure that the price we pay for products provides producers with the income to afford life’s essentials – food, education, and healthcare – while safeguarding fair labor practices and respecting indigenous communities. Fair World Project is advancing fair trade expansion, while exposing corporate practices that prioritize shareholder profits over people and cultural land practices that stand in their way.
We’ll continue to explore the relationship between planetary and human health in upcoming issues. One organization leading in this arena is the Rodale Institute, whose focus on organics and regenerative agriculture began in the 1930s when J.I. Rodale purchased a rundown farm in Pennsylvania to create a model for organic farming. Rodale and Dr. Price were connected by a shared interest in, and concern about, deteriorating human health caused by the diminishing nutrient quality from industrial food production and factory farms. Visit RodaleInstitute.org for more information.
In addition to important planet health initiatives happening now, we were reminded of our bright future by the inspiring secondary school students who competed in the 2021 Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. Price-Pottenger team members have served as Professional Society judges for this fair for 57 years. This year, we were impressed by all participants, and awarded top honors and prizes to the following students:
Hafsah Kazi, 8th grader: Impact of Metals and Natural Remedies on Planaria
Saanvi Dogra, 7th grader: Effect of Heme vs. Non-Heme Iron Supplements on Gut Microbiome Fitness
Sarah Youssef, 8th grader: The Effectiveness of Herbal Treatments on Staphylococcus
Shukriya Osman, 10th grader: Antioxidants: A Potential Key in Preventing High Risk Diseases
Human health and well-being are intrinsically connected to Mother Earth. In the months and years ahead, you can rely on Price-Pottenger for information and guidance to help ensure a healthy future for people and the planet.
Wishing you health and joy,
Published in the Price-Pottenger Journal of Health & Healing
Spring 2021 | Volume 45, Number 1
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